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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Unions that represent Navajo workers say contractors at a New Mexico power plant are violating tribal labor laws. The tribe enacted the Navajo Preference in Employment Act in 1985, requiring the hiring of qualified Navajos over other applicants, to keep Navajos working on the reservation where jobs are scarce.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The only Republican candidate for New Mexico lieutenant governor has abruptly withdrawn from the race. The Albuquerque Journal reports Former Indian Affairs Department Secretary Kelly Zunie dropped out Friday, citing concerns about residency requirements.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in a lengthy battle between New Mexico and Texas over management of one of North America's longest rivers. Oral arguments in the Rio Grande case are scheduled Jan. 8.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The family of a woman killed by a Silver City police captain during a domestic rampage is suing the town and its police department for failing to stop him from stalking. The lawsuit alleges that the department hired Mark Contreras despite his history of violence. Authorities say Contreras killed Nikki Bascom than shot and killed himself in 2016.

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